Wirral Council – Wirral Council 23rd May 2011 – Part 6 – speeches (Cllr Lewis & Cllr McCubbin) on leader motion/amendment

Cllr Ian Lewis thanked “Sister McLaughlin”, but made an apology to the Liberal Democrats. He said that they had suffered the curse of Ian Lewis. He apologised also to Simon Holbrook and Bob Moon and welcomed two others. He also welcomed [Cllr] Pat Hackett. He said that Cllr Pat Hackett had been the one Labour councillor to nearly convince him to defect. He thanked Cllr Jeff Green for making him a member of the Cabinet. He said it had been a huge opportunity. Cllr Lewis wished his replacement Cllr Tony Smith well. Cllr green was thanked, so were the people of Leasowe who had elected him four years ago and he pointed out he had a further twelve months to go.

Cllr McCubbin said he didn’t know how Labour would do in the future, but he did know what happened between 2005 and 2009. He said they planned to close libraries and achieved a Labour minister ordering a public inquiry for the much needed public examination of their plans. This had been the first inquiry of its kind in 44 years. There had been criticisms about the library service. However an amazing job had been done. One library in Irby that the Mayor had visited when she had been Deputy Mayor was thriving. He also talked about the current situation of libraries and One Stop Shops. Cllr McCubbin said that book issues were up, there had been extra investment in information screens, e-books and RFID. He mentioned the Get Into Reading project, the Book Start project and said he recognised the support from the Lib Dems. However he said he thought his days as Library Champion were numbered.

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